Crazy Leo Urlichich and Alex Kihurani Team up for CRC 2017

In an excited video on YouTube and a post on Facebook,  Crazy Leo Urlichich has announced that he has found a co-driver for the 2017 season.

Alex Kihurani will contest the Canadian Rally Championship with Crazy Leo this year with Can-Jam Motorsports.  The self-titled Rally Brat has experience all over the world, WRC, USA,  UK,  front wheel, four wheel and WRC-Academy programs with close to 100 rallies under the belts including multiple championships.     Alex was featured in the great documentary “Easier Said Than Done”

Driving a still un-announced secret car,  Crazy Leo has been keeping himself fresh in the off-season with Race Lab, his performance driving, advanced on-road skills and rally school program.     There is significant activity over at Can-Jam motorsports working on the program.

Leo has driven all over Canada, and contended for the Drive DMACK trophy in WRC a few years ago.   Returning to his roots in Canada with RACE LAB – and now heading back to the CRC – it is clear that Leo is taking this seriously, and with someone as skilled as Alex Kihurani – the fellow racers of Antoine L’Estage and the Subaru Rally Team USA cars better watch out for him at Perce Neige.

We will be there at Perce Neige – following the Rally in the sweep truck, and will bring you interviews with Leo and the team – EXCLUSIVE to this blog.

Some of you may remember this fantastic famous crash at Perce Neige in “The Beast” when Leo did the impossible and not only walked, but drove away from this accident only to make it to the podium.

 

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Perce Neige 2016 and 2015 CRC Wrap

It’s a wrap on the 2015 season, and while I didn’t post something, this week is the Canadian International Auto Show and our own Antoine L’Estage and Subaru Rally Team Canada have their car on display – beautiful.    Hard to think the car was beat up with a destroyed bumper only 4 days before at Perce Neige.

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Here’s a great video showing their 2015 season.   Alan Ockwell is taking a year off from co-driving with Antoine so we will see how things go in 2016.

 

A quick highlight of the Perce Neige 2016 event held in Maniwaki Quebec.   I was again there this year with the Rally Sweep Ontario team providing recovery for the crews.  This year we had 2 teams, and 4 trucks the same as last year and covered all of the stages.  Our team worked from early in the morning until close to 11pm with only 30 minutes for lunch time.

Peter MacDonald a man who has spent his life behind the Camera  is now driving a car in the Ontario Provincial Rally Championship this year.  This is what he had to say in our exclusive interview at Perce Neige after his first stage.

 

It wasn’t all great, with a field full of challenges,  Jeremy Norris had a bad off, he was checked out at local hospital, but is ok.

Can-Jam Motorsports was unveiling a new car finished only a few days before the event with Beland at the wheel.  They didn’t finish, but the car given a good shakedown.   A very touching memorial to the loss of Mac and Blake two very important team members in the Can-Jam Family.

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We were right there after Antoine L’Estage and Subaru Rally Team Canada went off in the finish area of Stage 2,  they arrived at Stage 3 and rushed to get the car repaired enough to continue.

 

In an unfortunate turn of events the Subaru team had a failure of an “External Accessory” and had to retire.   Seen here the team was adding over 2+ Litres of oil to the engine, our sources tell us they drove this short 8KM stage, and then added 2+ more before going to service.

 

 

In the end, we had an amazing time, and we were busy, recovering one car a record 5 times, but it is all in a days work and that is why we love rally!